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johnrakestraw

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Retired teacher of #philosophy and philosophical theology who once worked with faculty and graduate students to think deeply about #teaching. Longtime (and just knowledgeable enough to avoid the precipice) user of emacs and cli to pull together and access all sorts of ideas and data. Looking for more (and more and more) things to read, and struggling to find room for a committed introvert in online social space.

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An interesting piece about , , and a bit on collecting . There’s some irony in owning a first edition of owned earlier by Dorothy Scarritt, Oppenheimer’s secretary at Los Alamos. And I had only a little twinge reading that one who just turned 40 might expect to read only 480 more books carefully if one manages to read one book a month.

Gift link: https://wapo.st/3K8hmHn

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Rebecca Solnit: "Hope is an embrace of the unknown and the unknowable, an alternative to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists. Optimists think it will all be fine without our involvement; pessimists take the opposite position; both excuse themselves from acting. It’s the belief that what we do matters even though how and when it may matter, who and what it may impact, are not things we can know beforehand." @bookstodon #hope #socialJustice

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Blog post: Rachel Cohen's "A Chance Meeting: American Encounters" is a wonderful book offering vignettes of meetings between individuals who helped to shape American culture. Mark Twain and Willa Cather, William James and Gertrude Stein, and others. The conversations are interesting in themselves; they also have me thinking about how encounters with people and books have shaped the person I've become.

https://johnrakestraw.com/post/chance-meetings-and-the-forming-of-an-identity/

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"... a highly refined error is likely to keep us permanently estranged from truth, and will do so all the more readily in proportion as we find it difficult to realise that it is an error. One who thinks of conveying to mankind truths masked and rouged, may be truth’s pimp, but has never been truth’s lover" (Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, quoted by Rosa Luxemburg, 'Socialism or Barbarism,' p. 250.
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@bookstodon “Let us not forget that the reasons for human actions are usually incalculably more complex and diverse than we tend to explain them later, and are seldom clearly manifest.”
Fyodor , ‘The Idiot’ (Part IV, Chapter 3)

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